Cymatics - design and internet


Nigel John Stanford is a musician from New Zealand who is well-known for his work in the genres of Ambient and New Age music.

In the video, you can see a range of his musical abilities as he plays both a drum set and a piano while also rigging makeshift instruments from things like playing cards.

This video is entitled ‘Cymatics,’ and cymatics is the science of creating visualisations of audio frequencies.

On his website, Stanford explains how he became interested in visualising sound:

In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia’ – a disorder that affects the audio and visual functions of the brain.

People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colours or see a colour when they hear various sounds.

I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white.

This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element.

Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualising audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.

Enjoy more Cymatic Music: HERE

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